iPhone 5, iPad 3 to feature quad-core chips, hints in iOS 5.1 beta

Delving into the internal files of the latest beta version of iOS 5.1, the team found a reference to a Quad-Core processor in the software.

The report cited an “extremely reliable and knowledgeable people familiar with iOS’s inner workings,” explaining that references to quad-core iPhone and iPad chips were found in “a hidden panel that describes cores that are supported by iOS device hardware.”

The number 0 indicates the presence of a core (the A4 chip), then the number 1 that of two cores (the A5 chip in the second image), and 3 points point to the possibility of using four cores.

The fact that this future processor is quad-core is still speculation but the site 9to5Mac suggests that the elements present in iOS 5.1 Beta attest to the management of such a gadget.

A quad-core processor will add extra power for gaming and global navigation.

[Photo: 9to5mac.com]